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7 DIY Under Bed Blockers for Cats Plans You Can Make Today (with Pictures)

Lindsey Lawson

By Lindsey Lawson

A cat hiding under a bed

Cats wind up under the bed for a variety of reasons and sometimes it can pose quite a challenge to get them back out. Preventing your cat from going under the bed is an easy issue to solve, you simply block their access.

If you don’t have a bed that is already designed to keep things out from underneath it, you have come to the right place. Below we go over some DIY under-bed blockers to keep your kitty from hiding under the bed once and for all.

The Top 7 DIY Under Bed Blockers for Cats Plans

1. DIY Dresser Drawer Under Bed Storage

You can personalize this DIY project by decorating to your own heart’s desire. This project gives you all the information you need to create your under-bed storage by using upcycled dresser drawers.

The perk? This under-bed storage not only gives you more space to store your items but doubles as the perfect under-bed blocker to keep your kitty from using it as a hiding spot.

Once you find an old dresser, make sure the drawers are an appropriate size for your under-bed measurements. Depending on how old and worn the drawers are, you can sand them, prime, paint, and completely refinish them.

The options for decorating these drawers are endless and can be crafted to fit your style and bedroom décor. In this how-to, they go over how to attach new knobs, insert liners, and even wheels to make it easy to roll back and forth for easy access to the items inside.

2. DIY Under Bed Shelf

Whether you want to display décor or store clothes, shoes, or anything else you can think of, placing a DIY shelf underneath the bed will be the perfect option to keep your cat from getting stuck there. For this option, you will need to cover all exposed areas of the bed.

For this project, you will need to take proper measurements and do your construction, since this shelf will need to be custom to the measurements underneath your bed. You will purchase the appropriate lumber, cut it according to your measurements, and customize it as desired.

This particular project may take a little more hands-on work, but it’s well worth it. The possibilities are endless with this project and it extenuates your bedroom décor in a way you do not see very often!

3. DIY Under Bed Book Storage

So, this particular DIY under-bed blocker for cats is about as simple as it gets. It’s so easy, there are hardly any instructions. You will want to be a book-lover to utilize this idea, as you will need plenty of books.

All you have to do is stack your books neatly under your bed, making the underneath of your bed look like its own bookshelf. You don’t need any extra materials for this DIY project, but you could use pieces of wood or other items to help keep the books steady in the corners.

If you want to get creative, you can use the steps from above to create your own DIY shelf to use as a blockade for under the bed and then simply add the books to it.

The shelf, while not necessary, will help maintain organization when you snatch up one of the books for some well-deserved reading time. This will ensure your kitty cat is more likely to snuggle up on your lap rather than under your bed.

4. DIY Under Bed Storage Bins

The good news about this particular DIY under-bed blocker for cats? There is not a lot of “do” involved in this “do it yourself” project. You simply purchase an under-the-bed storage bin and fill it with whatever you need to be stored away.

You put shoes, sheets, clothing, linens, or anything your heart desires into these convenient storage bins. They are made specifically to fit right under your bed comfortably. If you do not have the time to dedicate to one of the more extensive DIY projects, this is a great option!

To be fair, a lot of us have busy schedules and it’s hard to find the time to get even the house chores done. If you need a quick fix to keep your precious little feline from sneaking under your bed, this will do the trick with minimal effort. You don’t even have to store anything right away, just slide them under the bed and voila! The perfect blockade.

5. DIY Plastic Tote Under Bed Blocker

Just about everyone is familiar with plastic storage totes. They may not be pretty, but boy are they useful! We sometimes have more stuff than we have places to put it and plastic totes are cheap and effective items that always come to the rescue.

In this quick and easy DIY under-bed blocker, you just slide some plastic storage totes underneath the bed, making sure to cover all entry points. With plastic totes, you will want to make sure you have something inside to weigh them down so your kitty doesn’t move them out of the way.

You will need to purchase totes that will fit perfectly under your bed, so make sure you get good measurements before you go shopping. You don’t want too much space above the tote, since cats like to squeeze into tight spaces. You can buy totes with wheels attached or even do your own DIY wheel attachment.

This easy little project is another great choice for those that are short on time, on a budget, or simply don’t want to put too much creative work into it. This could also serve as a temporary solution if you have to take time to create one of the other DIY projects from this list!

6. DIY PVC Under-Bed Blocker

If you are looking for a DIY bed blocker that is hardly noticeable, look no further! This PVC under-bed blocker is designed to keep things from rolling underneath the bed and getting out of reach, but it’s a great idea if you are looking to keep your cat out from underneath the bed as well!

This is also a super easy project that can also be utilized to keep your cat from getting under other furniture in the home. These under-bed blockers come premade with two different sizes. All you have to do is measure the length and width of the gap under your bed and pick

the best suitable size.

This product is made to adhere to can firmly adhere to hard surfaces, so you may have to get creative if your bed is sitting on a carpeted area. You can cut the pieces to fit your needs and just place them around the perimeter of the bed. It’s that simple!

7. DIY Cardboard Under-Bed Blocker

If you need to put some cardboard amazon boxes to use rather than just shoving them in the recycling bin, and also need to keep your cat from hiding under your bed, we have the perfect solution for you.

This easy DIY project also doubles as additional storage. You can choose to get creative or just leave the cardboard as is. The DIYer that gave us this genius idea got very creative and even gives you the perfect instructions on how to use fabric, (in this case, a tablecloth) scissors, and glue to make your personalized cardboard storage box that slides easily under the bed.

In these instructions, you will go over how to use glider feet that are meant to be pushed into the bottom of the cardboard storage box so that it can glide smoothly. You can even attach handles that make things that much easier.

Why Do Cats Hide Under Beds?

Cats may prefer hiding under the bed for a variety of reasons, most of which are no cause for concern. Dark, quiet, places away from all the foot traffic can provide them with a secure, safe place to enjoy. On the other hand, sometimes cats will hide under the bed if they are distressed in some way. Here is a list of reasons why your cat may be choosing under your bed as the preferred hideout:

  • Anxiety or Stress

If something in the home is causing your cat to feel uneasy, they make take comfort in the dark, lonely area under your bed that is inaccessible to most in the household. Cats do not respond well to stress and anxiety and a lot of cats will run to an area that makes them feel more safe and secure.

  • Sleep

It’s not a secret that cats sleep for most of the day, they may have simply chosen the underneath of your bed as their prime sleeping spot. After all, it’s yours too, you just choose to sleep on top of the bed.

  • Safety

Safety and security are important aspects of life. Your cat’s tendency for hiding out under your bed can simply be due to the safety and comfort it provides. This is likely to happen with cats that are a little more shy and unsure of their environment or new kitties that have just been brought into the house. If a cat that does not normally hide under the bed starts the behavior, that is an indication that something may be off.

  • Health issues

It is natural for cats to hide away when they are ill or injured, a quiet place away from commotion will provide them comfort and a sense of security. Keep an eye out for any concerning symptoms and make sure to contact your veterinarian if you can rule out all the other reasons for under-bed hiding. They can evaluate and help you determine the cause.


As you can see, there are many different ways you can put together a DIY under-bed blocker to keep your kitty from hiding out under there. These DIY projects range from simple and easy, to a bit more creative and time-consuming.

The good news is that you can use one of the simple DIY projects to put in place if you choose on the more advanced DIYs that require a bit more work. Regardless, there is a cure to keeping your cat out from under the bed and it can even compliment the room!

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